In this essay, Jerry Philogene discusses Guadeloupe-based, multi-disciplinary artist Ronald Cyrille’s paintings and drawings within a framework that interrogates Cyrille’s interplay between Creole folklore, language, and childhood memories.
Jerry Philogene is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Department at Dickinson College and an independent curator. Her research and teaching focuses on interdisciplinary American cultural history, art history, and visual arts of the Caribbean and the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Francophone Caribbean. She has published numerous articles and exhibition catalogue essays including a text on contemporary Haitian diaspora art and artists for Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago (2017). Her essay on modern and contemporary art of Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe is forthcoming in Harvard University’s The Image of the Black in Western Art: Latin American and the Caribbean. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. With Katherine Smith, she is currently co-curating an exhibition on the contemporary textile works of Haitian artist Myrlande Constant for the Fowler Museum at UCLA in March 2023. She is currently finishing her book project: The Socially Dead and Improbable Citizen: Visualizing Haitian Humanity and Visual Aesthetics.